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Solar wafer plant to anchor WNY business park

BATAVIA — A Massachusetts company whose goal is to make solar power cheaper than coal announced plans Wednesday to build a manufacturing facility that could eventually provide up to 1,000 jobs in western New York. Bedford-based 1366 Technologies will be ...

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SolarCity to make most efficient solar panel

SolarCity says the rooftop panels it will make at a plant being built in Buffalo have been rated the most efficient in the world. The San Mateo, California-based solar installer says Friday the new module produces 30 to 40 percent ...

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Slaughter announces $1.2M initiative

U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, (D-NY), co-chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, announced $1.2 million for SUNY Brockport to monitor wetlands along the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. ...

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Gordon to lead NYSDERA effort

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced the appointment of Donovan Gordon as director of Renewable Thermal, where he will lead efforts to develop markets that support clean, high-efficiency, renewable thermal systems, including solar cooling, heating and ...

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Cities update emergency plans to deal with oil trains

ALBANY — Three years after the Port of Albany became a major hub for rail and barge shipments of highly flammable crude oil from North Dakota, emergency management officials are still grappling with training and response plans to deal with ...

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GreenRenewable expands to WNY

GreenRenewable Inc. continues its growth in the lawn and garden products manufacturing industry with the opening of its newest facility in Manchester. This will be the company’s fourth location, allowing for better service and distribution to its customers in Central ...

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Feds to spend $9.5M, restore Braddock Bay

GREECE — The federal government will spend $9.5 million so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can restore a bay on Lake Ontario’s New York shore where erosion and silting have drastically reduced wetlands and hampered boating. Sen. Charles Schumer ...

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US appeals court upholds EPA plan for Chesapeake Bay

PHILADELPHIA — A U.S. appeals court on Monday approved a federal plan to limit pollution in the Chesapeake Bay despite objections from farmers, builders and others who accused the Environmental Protection Agency of a power grab. The ruling by the ...

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Canal could be headed for National Register

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is urging the National Park Service to put the Barge Canal on the National Register of Historic Places. The Barge Canal includes the Erie, Oswego Canal, Champlain and Cayuga-Seneca canals, spanning more than 500 miles across the ...

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City receives brownfield grant

Rochester has received its first grant under the “manufacturing community” designation. The city will receive $300,661 for brownfield cleanup from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The money will revive the Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund, which provides low-interest loans to small ...

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Court dismisses challenges to NY fracking review

ALBANY — A judge has dismissed two lawsuits challenging the state’s delay in finishing its health and environmental analysis of the potential impact of shale gas development in New York, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday. The lawsuits were ...

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